The following article contains great big spoilers for the movie Split.
After a few years making decidedly un- M. Night Shyamalan movies like The Last Airbender, and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan returned to pull off the most Shyamalanly of all the Shyamalans. He made a really good movie, that was a secret continuation of one of his best movies. The Lady in the Water, kidding, it was Unbreakable.
The filmmaker turned adjective returned to making coherent films with the Jason Blum produced The Visit in 2015, and followed that up with a surprise Unbreakable sequel (or side-quel) with Split. The closing moments of the film featured a cameo from Bruce Willis as David Dunn, who hasn’t managed to improve his career prospects in 15 years (or cheered up a smidge), but he was intrigued by the emergence of a new supervillain with The Beast.
The first official synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has arrived to give us a taste of what to expect.
“From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.”
In true Shyamalan fashion, the synopsis doesn’t tell us much beyond the fact that things will happen with these characters. For now, that will do as Split was a genuine surprise in both final reveal and quality, I already liked it before Willis showed up to connect the two movies. I have a lot of love for Unbreakable; it’s still one of my favourite superhero movies, and I enjoy it more on every rewatch.
Glass starts production next month and is currently scheduled for release on January 18, 2019.